Arsenal are still believed to be in the market for a midfielder as the October 5 deadline looms. Mikel Arteta has already signed Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, but could bring in another body.
Lyon’s Houssem Aouar has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, with reports suggesting he is Arteta’s transfer priority.
But the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas believes he is more likely to stay then go.
He told L’Equipe: “I have maybe let it be said that all our best players are going to leave. With 8 days left of the window, the 3 magnificents that the media are claiming will leave are still here. They are more likely to stay than leave.”
On Arsenal’s potential interest, Aulas added: “There will be very few departures. For Houssem, Arsenal are too far from his value.
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“We are counting on him to play a great game in Lorient and lead Lyon into the Champions League next year.”
Thomas Partey is another player that is believed to be on Arteta’s radar.
Atletico Madrid are willing to sell the midfielder, but talks remain locked with the Gunners unable to agree a fee.
It has been reported that Atleti are looking to take Lucas Torreira on loan as part of the deal.
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Arsenal however, would rather sell the Uruguayan, with Torino said to be keen on a permanent transfer.
The Spaniards are demanding £45million for Partey, with the Ghana international keen on a move to north London in the final weeks of the window.
And Arsenal fans think they have spotted the clearest sign yet that Partey will be on the move before next month’s deadline.
Spanish journalist Belen Sanchez Garcia Tweeted a video of the Atleti squad preparing for their La Liga opener with Granada.
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Accompanying the video, that didn’t show Partey, he said:”Tomorrow premiere in the League, Atleti-Granada and test eleven: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Correa, Koke, Saúl, Carrasco; João and Costa.”
And fans think that means a move could be imminent, one replied: “He’s on his way to N5”, while another said: “No Partey, let’s goooooo.”
A third replied: “Partey begging to join us. Can’t wait to activate his release clause on deadline day.”
Whie a fourth replied with a photoshopped image of Partey holding an Arsernal shirt.
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